When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Time is running out.

The only trouble with longer than 3 day builds is the fact that I run out of interesting post titles!
The last few days have been spent stripping everything down on the time machine, and painting it. There was a few small things I still had to wrap up.

We got the aging done on the coils and hydraulics. And we got all the hoses and wiring attached to the ring.
We did the inside in a dark asphalt grey colour, with burnished aluminum. The inside I wanted very nondescript. I didn't want to be able to identify the material, but still keep it some form of metal.

One of the colour sample images was steampunk looking. Now steampunk didn't fit the design of the pod very well, so we went with a hammered bronze finish for the main panels, with copper-y coloured port holes.
This has a slight nautical feel, and really looks awesome. Still more to do tomorrow, and Tuesday. We still have to cut the window glazing, and make the control panel. I really dig this machine. They're gonna love it.


  1. Wow! That is so cool! My favorite parts are the hydraulic legs, concrete and interior. I just love the way you finished that. That is going to make some very happy customers.

  2. Thanks! I hope they love it. If not, I'll just go back in time and re-build it!